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Who made Little Boy Blue?

Peter J. Bottomley writes: Here is an old poem my grandmother used to tell us, I have never heard it anywhere else and none of my friends have heard it. You have to sing it to get it to ryhme.

There was little Jack Horner and Bo Peep too,
The little old woman who lived in a shoe,
As everyone knows the question arose,
Who made Little Boy Blue?

Now in the wood Red Riding Hood
said she would tell them if she could,
Humpty Dumpty on the wall,
said he would tell but he had a fall.

Little Miss Muffet
said she knew, it's love you know
So now you're all sure
Who made little Boy Blue

Contributed by Peter J. Bottomley, October 2007

UPDATE!
A visitor to the website provided the full words and the music to the rhyme. This lady plays the piano and many years ago was asked if she could play "Who Made Little Boy Blue?" She writes: " At the time I was unable to find the sheet music. The lady in question had said that the piece was written by Ethelbert Nevin, so for the last 25 years I have been searching for the piece by that composer. Three weeks ago, my pal found the sheet music for me - not by Ethelbert Nevin but by Mabel Wayne."

Many thanks for this valuable input, dear website visitor.

Here are the full words and the music. Listen! Download the music file.

Who Made Little Boy Blue?
Music: Mabel Wayne; Words: Don George. 1934.
Recorded by Henry Hall and His Orchestra.

Once upon a time there was a fable
That has lived a long, long time;

All about the little people
In the famous nurs'ry rhyme.

Once upon a time they held a meeting
To decide what should be done,

All because some little maiden
Frown'd upon a neighbour's son.

Oh, come with me my children
And bring all your toys,

We'll take the magic carpet
To the land of joys.

There was Little Jack Horner and Bo Peep too,
The old, old woman who lived in the shoe.

As ev'ryone knows, the question arose
Who made Little Boy Blue?

They awoke the king's horses and went to look
Through all the pages of each picture book.

Though ev'ryone tried, they couldn't decide
Who made Little Boy Blue?

In the wood Red Riding Hood
Said she'd tell them if she could;

Humpty Dumpty on the wall,
Was about to tell when he had his fall.

Then the Little Miss Muffet confessed she knew,
And told the story that's old as it's new,

His love she had spurned,
And now you've all learned,
Who made Little Boy Blue.

Oh, sing a song of sixpence,
Pockets lined with seams;

The Sandman's here to lead us
Down the trail of dreams.

There was Little Jack Horner and Bo Peep too,
The old, old woman who lived in the shoe.

As ev'ryone knows, the question arose
Who made Little Boy Blue?

They awoke the king's horses and went to look
Through all the pages of each picture book.

Though ev'ryone tried, they couldn't decide
Who made Little Boy Blue?

In the wood Red Riding Hood
Said she'd tell them if she could;

Humpty Dumpty on the wall,
Was about to tell when he had his fall.

Then the Little Miss Muffet confessed she knew,
And told the story that's old as it's new,

His love she had spurned,
And now you've all learned,
Who made Little Boy Blue.

 

 

   

 
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